Stageworthy Podcast interview

Shortly before the holiday, I sat on the other side of the interview table with Phil Rickaby of Stageworthy Podcast as we chatted about theatre and the life with more cowbell blog. Thanks, Phil – I had a blast!

The interview is about an hour long; give it a listen here.

Photo by Lisa MacIntosh, taken outside Alumnae Theatre.

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#TBT – My fabulous, fun period drag photo shoot with Lisa MacIntosh

I posted this during my pre-Facebook days, so thought some of you would get a kick out of seeing this – or seeing it again if you caught it the first time around. Here’s my post on my fabulous, big fun period drag photo shoot with Lisa MacIntosh (inspired by an acting gig I did at Alumnae Theatre several years ago):

Had so much fun on Saturday, spending the early afternoon with photographer Lisa MacIntosh and makeup artist Rebecca Kupferstein up in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre for my white tie and tails vintage photo shoot.

Inspired by Lisa’s shoot with actress Kate Drummond, who sported a fab vintage look, as well as my experience playing Cecil Graham in Alumnae’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan several years ago, I decided to go with a period look as a male impersonator, in white tie and tails. For the makeup, we were inspired by Julie Andrews as Victor in Victor/Victoria.

Here are some select pics from the shoot. Thanks so much to Lisa and Rebecca for their beautiful work!

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Top 10 of 2014

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Friends & fellow artists of Nik Beat perform a track at the launch for his Famous For Falling CD @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club

Seeing as I already took a bit of a peek out of my December hiatus with the Sleepy Beauty post last weekend – and as this is the last day of 2014 – thought I’d take another peek out to post my top 10 of 2014. Here it is, from a variety of disciplines, in alphabetical order:

Nik Beat: Famous For Falling CD/chapbook launch @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club
The De Chardin Project @ Theatre Passe Muraille
Elizabeth Rex (East Side Players) @ Papermill Theatre
I Hate Todd: The Moves Pt. 1 CD launch @ The Horseshoe Tavern
Lisa MacIntosh: ASK photography exhibit @ 3030 Dundas West
Memento Mori (Tracey Erin Smith/SoulO Theatre) @ Toronto Fringe
Mercury Fur (Seven Siblings Theatre Company) @ Unit 102 Theatre
Romeo and (Her) Juliet (Headstrong Collective/Urban Bard) @ Bloor Street United Church
Jessica Speziale: Shine CD launch @ The Duke Live
Trace (Theatre Gargantua/Vertical City) @ SummerWorks

Have a big fun and safe New Year’s Eve, all. See ya’s next year! xo

Lisa MacIntosh ASK exhibit: beautiful photos of 15 remarkable women

LMP_AskPoster2014Photographer Lisa MacIntosh opened her ASK exhibit of photographs at 3030 Dundas West last night – to great success and lots of fun!

MacIntosh uses natural lighting, indoors or outdoors, photographing her subjects in spaces that are special to them to create her stunning black and white images of 15 strong, go-to, positive-force women.

Some of the expressions are dreamy, some pensive, some whimsical. All are beautiful. Whether the subject is looking directly at the camera, somewhere off in the distance, or at a beloved animal friend or object, MacIntosh’s photographs capture the essence and energy of these remarkable women.

The atmosphere of excitement, love and support was palpable as friends, family, colleagues and a handful of the women featured in the exhibit filled the space. Old friends and new friends ate, drank, chatted – and excused themselves as they leaned across tables to see the framed images that lined the wall behind the bench seating. All good – everyone was there to support the artist and the women she photographed. Loved the vibe in that space at 3030 – will definitely be going back.

All images are $400, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Ronald McDonald House, an organization near and dear to MacIntosh’s great big heart.

Subjects for ASK include (in order of exhibit appearance, left to right):

Gael Hannan – hearing loss consultant/writer/actor/public speaker
Genna Bauder – social innovator/founder & owner loft104
Talli Osborne – inspirational speaker/punk rocker
Lita Mae Button – boxer/mom/nurse/motivational speaker
Kate Drummond – actor/former teacher/dreamer/jock/dog lover
Marnie McBean – Olympian/mentor/author/speaker
Sam Campbell – media maven by day/cowgirl by night
Jill Miwa – physicist/traveler/photographer
Brenda Bronfman – founder & ceo wishing well sanctuary/peace seeker
Anita Kunz – artist/illustrator/teacher
Katie ‘Kaboom’ McConnell – musician/accordionist/artist
Jo-Anne McArthur – animal advocate/photographer/author
Sook-Yin Lee – broadcaster/filmmaker/musician
Andrea Ramolo – musician/teacher/dancer/road warrior
Amanda Palmer – musician/author/asker

Running Red Lights (Scarlett: lead vocals/percussion/acoustic guitar, Dave Puzak: guitar, Kevin Howley: drums/vocals and Jeff Carter: bass) rocked the house with high-energy, foot-stomping original tunes and covers. Everyone had a blast.

ASK is up at 3030 until October 15 (it was originally scheduled till Oct 4, but was recently extended for 2 more weeks!). Get on over there, have a pint and check out these amazing pictures. You can also follow Lisa MacIntosh on Twitter. Enjoy!

In the meantime, here are a few snaps I took last night:

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Folks enjoying the company, the food and the art @ 3030 Dundas West
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Running Red Lights
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Scarlett, lead vocalist of Running Red Lights

Upcoming art & photography exhibits: Nora Camps & Lisa MacIntosh

Wanted to quickly shout out two upcoming art exhibits:

Painter/photographer Nora Camps exhibit CAPRICCIO. Real and Imaginary, with guest artists Marietta Camps, MaryAnn Camps and Pamela Williams @ the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills – from August 28 to September 7.

Photographer Lisa MacIntosh: ASK exhibit @ 3030 Dundas West – from September 4 to October 4. LMP_AskPoster2014

In the meantime, you can check out some previous cowbell posts on a Pamela Williams exhibit, and my photo shoot and interview with Lisa MacIntosh.

2014: my year of living scarily

Lisa Mac shoot 1So 2014 is my official year of doing scary shit. And, by “scary shit,” I mean stuff that’s anxiety-inducing to me personally – so you may not find these activities scary at all.
I’ve managed to accomplish one of my nerve-wracking goals: posting the photo shoot I did recently in the Alumnae Theatre studio space – where I dressed in period drag – working with photographer Lisa MacIntosh and makeup artist Rebecca Kupferstein, who are both awesome. My nerves were not so much about the shoot itself – though I felt like I had the right amount of nervous excitement – but more about posting it on the blog and making the pictures public, as I tend to shy away from putting myself out there on the blog. After all, the main purpose of the blog is to shout out local indie and emerging artists and arts/culture events. But, since I’d already decided to post more short fiction and creative non-fiction anyway, I thought it would be fun to show another side of myself.
The current scary thing is Comedy Girl, a beginner’s stand-up comedy class for women with Dawn Whitwell at Comedy Bar, which started on April 17. Next to improv, stand-up always seemed like one of the scariest performing gigs out there – and it’s something I’ve been thinking about trying for a while. So, I thought, what the hell? Two classes in, I’m having a blast. It’s still a bit scary – but I’m working with a group of amazing, funny women and it’s a very supportive atmosphere. We’ve still got our training wheels on, and Dawn is jogging along beside us as we bring in our ideas and work them into bits. All working towards coming up with a short set and performing at a class show.
Next up: I’ll be doing the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower. This is also something I’ve wanted to do for a while – so much so, I put it out there to my family as a birthday gift possibility. My sibs got me a gift certificate for a walk at my 50th (yes, I’m 50) last year. I originally planned to do the walk last fall, but got sidelined by my cranky knees and a physiotherapy schedule. I’m aiming to schedule this in May/June – will keep all y’all posted.

Are you doing anything scary on purpose this year?

Photo shoot with Lisa MacIntosh

Had so much fun on Saturday, spending the early afternoon with photographer Lisa MacIntosh and makeup artist Rebecca Kupferstein up in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre for my white tie and tails vintage photo shoot.

Inspired by Lisa’s shoot with actress Kate Drummond, who sported a fab vintage look, as well as my experience playing Cecil Graham in Alumnae’s production of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan several years ago, I decided to go with a period look as a male impersonator, in white tie and tails. For the makeup, we were inspired by Julie Andrews as Victor in Victor/Victoria.

Here are some select pics from the shoot. Thanks so much to Lisa and Rebecca for their beautiful work!

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